Saturday, 10 October 2009
Whatever the weather....
Be careful what you wish for......after the red dust coated the city, I'm sure all Sydneysiders were hoping for a bit of rain to wash it all away. Well our wishes came true - and then some. The last 10 days has seen atrocious weather - dramatic thunderstorms, lightning, strong gales, and a substantial quantity of rain. Last weekend was a holiday weekend and we had more rain over those three days than during the whole of August and September.
For the first time since arriving in Australia, we have spent quite a bit of time in the apartment. It was just too wet and cold to go out - especially as we had Gus' mum staying with us. We did venture out last week to the Pyrmont food market early on Sat morning - but a persistent drizzle drove us back home. I even brought the takeaway chorizo sausage & egg rolls back with us so we could breakfast in the dry.
This bout of bad weather has made me realise just how much I have been enjoying the outdoor Aussie lifestyle. Each weekend we have done something new or gone somewhere fun - and it's all been possible because the weather is ususally predictably good.
This changeable cold wet weather reminds me of home....sniff, sniff
Yesterday we took a chance and headed out to the food market over at The Entertainment Quarter. This was a part of Sydney neither of us had visited before, and it was quite good. It was a smallish food market - smaller than the Pyrmont one, but with quite interesting stalls. Lots of places serving takeaway food - from the standard breakfast rolls, to bbq chorizo, and a dim sum stall. As always, we picked up coffee from the ubiquitous Toby's Estate, and paired it with breakfast rolls. These didn't quite fill the spot, so we added some delicious pastries - a cherry one and an apricot one.
We picked up a few things for lunch - some fancy bread and fresh goats cheese. Not the cheapest of places to shop - $13 for 2 loaves! but it's only once a month. Whilst we were there, we found a shop called Bay Swiss - this is a homewares shop, part of the Freedom Group. Gus has been looking for some type of outdoor lamp - and they had one that matched our colour scheme - we are so on trend. Annoyingly they only had one left, so we had to go to the store in the city centre today to get another one - has to be a matching pair. Now we are all set for our candlelit dinner parties - just as soon as that rain stops.....